Africa Wildlife Discovery
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East Africa Wildlife Discovery
14 Day Tour
the unequaled combination of two African nations, Kenya and Tanzania,
with excellent game viewing at the top parks and reserves of both
a privately guided visit to Olduvai Gorge, the site of the Leakey
family's fossil discoveries
- Learn the
traditions of the Maasai culture with a visit to a local Maasai village
in the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara -
East Africa's premiere game-viewing destinations
- Plant a tree
Amboseli National Park
travel insurance; any airfares; airport departure taxes; excess baggage
fees; cost of obtaining passports or visas; gratuities to your guide;
expenses such as meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the
communication charges; laundry.
Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Africa's reputation as the quintessential safari destination is well
A&K focuses on private reserves, sanctuaries and national parks
wildlife is on display in landscapes of great beauty and variety.
instance, the Serengeti and Masai Mara are host to the annual Great
the last of its kind on earth. This unique spectacle, which can be
by hot-air balloon, private plane or on the ground in the midst of the
action, occurs as huge herds of wildebeest and zebra follow the fresh
that sprouts in the wake of the annual rains.
the west, Uganda offers some of the best primate viewing in the world.
Chimpanzee and mountain gorilla live free in the forests of this lush
And to the north, Ethiopia, home to the Ark of the Covenant, the Simien
Mountains, the cave churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar and the
source of the Nile, offers breathtaking natural beauty and fascinating
cultural riches. Amid the soaring mountains, ancient churches, and
Rift Valley lakes, you find one of the world's oldest surviving
cultures, many diverse ethnic groups, and an abundance of birds and
are divided among hotels, found primarily in major cities or in beach
small, private "bush" lodges; mobile camps; and permanent tented camps.
But don't confuse camping in Africa with the rough-and-ready experience
you might have had as a scout. Here, tents often include surprisingly
amenities such as en-suite facilities, spring beds with crisp linens
fine dining. In fact, some traditionalists insist that it's not a
safari unless you spend some time under canvas.
isn't the only way to explore East Africa. The region also offers
beach resorts, mountain treks, desert dunescapes and exotic tropical
perfumed with spice. All with comfortable temperatures year-round,
flights from the U.S. via Europe, and colorful, diverse histories.
1-2: USA or
Depart by overnight flight to Nairobi.
Day 3: Nairobi/Amboseli
Set off on safari this morning, driving south towards Amboseli, a park
famous for its big game and superb views of snow-capped Mount
Kilimanjaro. After lunch and a chance to settle in, your afternoon is
spent game viewing in this photogenic area. This evening, enjoy a
special welcome dinner and safari briefing.
Serena Lodge B L D
Day 4: Amboseli National Park
Leaving your lodge
this morning, you have a full day of game viewing in this area. At
dawn, all the animals are moving, making this the most exciting time to
view wildlife. Watch for elephant, zebra and wildebeest along the
saltpan trails. Swamps and springs form permanent watering places for
the wildlife in times of drought. The middle of the day is at leisure
to relax before setting off in the late afternoon for a game drive.
This is an ideal time of day to see predators as they begin to stir
from the shade and roam onto the plains in search of prey.
Lodge B L D
Day 5: Amboseli/Arusha, Tanzania/Lake Manyara
Drive across the
into Tanzania, arriving in Arusha in time for lunch. Later, continue on
to your next lodge, located in the Lake Manyara region. Lake Manyara,
one of a chain of lakes in Africa's Great Rift Valley, is nestled at
the foot of a spectacular 2,000-foot escarpment decorated by
magnificent forests of towering mahogany trees and giant figs.
Lake Manyara Serena
Lodge B L D
Day 6: Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater
This morning, enjoy a
drive in Lake Manyara National Park. With its verdant foliage and
variety of bird life, the park resembles a tropical rainforest. At the
conclusion of your game drive, continue by road to quaint Gibb's Farm
for a farm-fresh lunch. Afterward, continue on to one of the most
magnificent wildlife arenas in all of Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater.
Serena Lodge B L D
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Drive down into the
Ngorongoro Crater. The entire Conservation Area is recognized as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site for its geological and ecological
importance. Up to 12 miles in diameter, the crater's grass prairies are
an ideal haven for animals, and you may see lion, elephant, hyena,
wildebeest and gazelle. Even the rare and elusive black rhinoceros, one
of Africa's most endangered species, is a resident here. Following a
picnic lunch in the crater, visit a Maasai Village to gain insight into
this fascinating culture.
Lodge B L D
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National
This morning, drive
vast Serengeti plains. On your way, stop at Olduvai Gorge where the
Leakey family discovered many fossilized remnants of human ancestors.
Descend to the gorge and enjoy a privately guided visit of this
renowned archaeological site. From here, continue your drive into the
arid and spectacular country of Serengeti National Park.
Lodge B L D
Day 9: Serengeti National Park
breathtaking panorama of plains, rivers and rocky outcroppings reveal
resident populations of wildlife. Spend your day on morning and
afternoon safaris searching for large predators including lion,
leopard, cheetah and their herbivorous prey.
Serena Lodge B L D
Day 10: Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara
Board your flights to
Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya's finest wildlife spectacle. A vast
expanse of the Serengeti plain rich in wildlife, the Masai Mara is the
height of your safari. The action never seems to stop, and the chain of
command begins with the Mara's lion population, the largest in the
country, which presents excellent photographic opportunities.
Intrepids Club B L D
Days 11-12: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Spend two days in the
an essential part of the Serengeti ecosystem and the destination of the
annual wildebeest migration. Your final evening in the Mara concludes
with a special farewell dinner. You will also have an opportunity to
visit and support a local primary school.
Intrepids Club B L D
Day 13: Masai Mara/Nairobi/USA or Canada
Return to Nairobi,
at the famed Carnivore Restaurant for lunch, with free time prior to
this evening's international flight.
Serena Hotel (dayroom) B, L
Day 14: USA or Canada
Connect with your
Zanzibar Post-Tour Extension
We recommend this
as an extension to this escorted program. Add a four-day Zanzibar
to any Highlights of East Africa departure, and you'll add
streets, sandy beaches, coral reefs and exotic shops to your safari
Ask for details.
In the course of
will have the opportunity to take advantage of active options (some at
additional cost). These include:
swimming and use of the health club
swimming and nature walks
Crater highland hike and swimming
Club: swimming and ballooning
is in USD. Price is per person, based on double occupancy, and does not
include international or internal air.
are limited to 18 passengers.
PER PERSON (land arrangements)
Days | Limited to 18 passengers
PRICE PER PERSON
Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara/Nairobi from $950
A&K service, expertise and style to travellers who want less
more individual choices, and a great value in relation to cost. Hotels
are generally the best four-star (and occasional five-star) properties
available. Maximum group size may range from 20 to 24 participants, but
you'll spend less time in a group setting. Escorted sightseeing shows
local highlights and gives you a firm sense of place in each
- then you're free to explore as you wish, with plenty of options
hiking, biking and other active alternatives) from which to choose.
fewer meals included, you can indulge your own culinary preferences
East Africa Wildlife Discovery
14 Day Tour
per person, based on double occupancy.
to availability and change without notice.
restrictions may apply. Airfares if included are based on departure
year 2012, departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications.
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